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Gothic Instruments DRONAR Dark Synthesis (Download)

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Create atmospheres and FX loaded with tension, darkness and mystery

This library contains Kontakt files for the fully purchased Kontakt 5.6 or higher. Will not work in the free Kontakt Player.

Add tension, darkness and mystery to your music and evoke instant emotions in your audience with DRONAR: Dark Synthesis - the fourth module in Gothic Instruments´ incredibly successful series of Kontakt sound design tools.

Twisted. Bold. Supernatural. Disturbing. Industrial...

Heavily synthetic tones that are reminiscent of some of today´s most popular TV dramas and complex cinematic sound design layers combine with DRONAR´s critically acclaimed audio sculpting tools to make it easy to shape your own take on this sought after Synthwave/Retro Electro sound.

Netflix´s Stranger Things soundtrack, Cliff Martinez´s synth-driven score for the 2011 movie Drive, the music of SynthWave artists such as Kavinsky and Perturbator - DRONAR Dark Synthesis delivers all these types of sounds that would normally take hours to produce from scratch.


  • Expressive and innovative atmospheric sound creator
  • Includes 127 .nki presets
  • Total library size: 7.25GB
  • Developed for the full (paid for) version of Kontakt 5.6 or higher
  • Evolving, rich and complex sounds that would otherwise take hours to create
  • From foreboding otherworldly and disturbing atmospheres to ethereal and mysterious soundscapes   
  • The perfect companion for movie, tv and video game soundtracks
  • Great for intros, breakdowns and backing layers in electronic music
  • Expert and beginner friendly
  • 6 pages of simple controls deliver massive control
  • Create your own rhythm patterns in amongst the pad magic with the Rhythm Editor
  • Dive deeper with DRONAR´s unique independent arpeggiators
  • Onboard FX provide further sound design options


The Sounds

Twisted. Bold. Supernatural. Disturbing. Industrial. Ethereal. Dark. Ambient...

DRONAR Dark Synthesis is perfect for Retro/Synthwave musical styles, offering an abundance of luxurious complex cinematic sound design layers for you to sculpt and shape to the needs of your project.

These dark, eerie and mysterious synthetic textures have been created by combining strange synth waveforms with complex processed real world recordings crafted by sound designer and synthesis enthusiast Adam Pietruszko and Hollywood movie trailer Sound Designer Alessandro Camnasio.

The result is a palette of highly useable, professional-grade sounds unlike those found in any of the other DRONAR modules released to date.

You can read more about the creation of the sounds here on the Time+Space blog.

Types of projects

Whilst hugely flexible and suited for a variety of audio projects, DRONAR Dark Synthesis excels at generating sounds that are perfect for cinematic soundtracks that require a dark, synthetic and twisted mood - from horror and sci-fi to action and drama.

In addition, the pads, textures and drones that can all be created with this tool are impeccable for intros, breakdowns and backing layers in various styles of electronic music.

How does it work? (for full details please download the PDF manual on the right side of this page)

"It is when you start to play with the controls that you realise the power of Dronar, particularly when you consider what can be done with automation, or even a simple tweak of the mod wheel." said Future Music magazine about DRONAR Hybrid Module and that power is utilised once again with this fourth instalment in the DRONAR series.

DRONAR automatically spreads out the chord in the mid-range, adds a root bass note, a high note and then adds evolving sound effects. 8 simultaneous different sounds are then animated with LFOs, a rhythm sequencer and arpeggiators to bring them to life for a result that is rich and dramatic.

Such simple actions free up your spare hand to expressively control the dials and record the changes as a performance in your DAW. DRONAR instantly adds low, mid-range and high sounds plus sound effects, so you barely need any other sounds to quickly create a complete piece of atmospheric, expressive music.

Beginner and Expert Friendly

Needing to only play a few notes and move a few dials to get such rich expression is inviting for beginners, but an expert will get further by knowing which notes to play and how to express emotions using the dials. Beyond the shimmering immediacy of the ‘Main Page’ awaits a whole other world of expert control, turning DRONAR into a vast modular multi-timbral synth/sampler with multiple independent arpeggiators.

Interactions between crazy internal modulations (rhythm sequencer, arpeggiator, LFOs and delays) take DRONAR Dark Synthesis into another dimension…


The Controls

Main Page
Hear the immediate impact on the sound and get a good understanding of the way DRONAR works simply by tweaking the six dials on the main page…

INTENSITY DIAL (also controlled by the Mod Wheel) takes you from silent to powerful by fading up through different velocity layers.
MOVEMENT DIAL has a global effect on the intensity of the arpeggiators – set it high for strong effects and zero for a flat pad sound.
HI, MID and LO DIALS control the automatically generated high notes, mid-range notes and bass notes. Moving these dials has a huge expressive effect on the music. It’s only like using a mixing desk and yet – having it so accessible in front of you encourages you to work with the balance as part of the original creative expression, instead of a mix decision later on.
FX DIAL controls the level of 20-second futuristic, unpitched sound effects loops in the mix and adds instant movement and complexity.

Dive deeper…

The Expert Page
The Expert Page shows you all the settings for the current, last played Drone from the 12 Drone Keys. Each drone has four layers – FX, HI, MID, LO, and the Expert page presents a separate set of controls for each layer, like a rack of four synths, or four mixing desk channels. Each layer consists of two different sounds.

Need some inspiration? Hit the ‘Randomize samples’ button on the Expert Page and Dronar will keep all your settings but instantly swap the samples in the 8-named sound slots (2 per layer). New sound variations will abound and if it’s not quite the sound you’re after, keep hitting the button for more. Want to thicken up your sound? Each layer has a THICK button which adds in extra notes. Hearing the sound you want? Easily save the settings with the ‘Store Drone’ button.

Rhythm Editor Page
DRONAR Dark Synthesis´ rhythm samples were performed live for a natural sound they were also recorded at three dynamics (soft, medium, loud) allowing you to accent your rhythms using the Mod Wheel to fade between dynamics. The Rhythm Editor allows you to change the patterns of the rhythm samples – experimentation is the key and it’s very hard to make a bad sound! What’s more, DRONAR’s arpeggiator rhythmical tools can interact with the Editor to create unpredictable rhythms and undulations.

LFO & FX Page
Add movement to your sound, including panning, vibrato or siren effects with the LFO settings. Or tweak the Drone Effects to distort or dampen the sound, or add thickness, interest and colour. Reverb and Delay sends can also be controlled from this page.

Arpeggiator Page
Get sounds really moving or pulsing over time, synced to your DAW’s host Tempo with DRONAR’s multiple and truly unique independent arpeggiators including PITCH, INTENSITY and FILTER.

PITCH: Whereas other arpeggiators re-trigger the note at every step, DRONAR’s pitch arpeggiator plays all the notes that you are holding down but cross-fades between them. This is like having the different notes of a chord all going through different channels on a mixing desk, then turning the faders in succession to create the impression of an arpeggio. The beauty of this approach is that you can choose how strong the arpeggiator is.

INTENSITY: Where other arpeggiators control the volume of a sound, the INTENSITY arpeggiator is more expressive by controlling the dynamic velocity layer of the sound. It is as if the values you set here are moving the Mod Wheel up and down in a pattern, fading up and down between soft and intense samples.

Master FX Page
DRONAR’s Master FX page features standard effects including EQ, Compressor, Delay and Gate. DRONAR also includes a couple of digital (algorithmic) reverbs and a set of convolution impulses including some creative and unusual impulses for sound design - again, experimentation is the key!


Audio Demos

  1. Cyber Grid DRESSED by Vinko Borčić
  2. Cyber Grid NAKED by Vinko Borčić
  3. Tundra DRESSED by Jonathan Sharp
  4. Tundra NAKED by Jonathan Sharp
  5. Omnicron DRESSED by Kyle Kniceley
  6. Omnicron NAKED by Kyle Kniceley
  7. Goat God DRESSED by Christoph Allerstorfer
  8. Goat God NAKED by Christoph Allerstorfer


Press Reviews

Ty Unwin"Straight out of the box it is INSTANT TV/Movie/Gamescore, oozing atmosphere and texture on a style that is SO on the money and NOW! Washes of dirty, distorted analog richness combine with 80´s pulses that are just screaming to be used on a whole variety of material... and it can sound absolutely HUGE! To create the depth of some of these patches would take hours if not days of work with a great deal of gear... here they are all on tap!"- Ty Unwin, Composer

SOS 5 star

"...delightfully twisted and unsettling: perfect if your music creation involves getting the listener to move ever closer to the edge of their seat." - Sound on Sound

"Of all the Dronar libraries I have had a chance to check out this one really stood out for me. As a composer who is working on underscore for media regularly, I will be turning to Dark Synthesis for my next project to evoke mystery and tension." - SampleLibraryReview.com Click here to watch the first look review video

"Focusing on the sound of twisted and retro-style synthesizers, Dark Synthesis really lets you dive into this world of futuristic darkness and mystery. The engine’s intelligent key analysis feature and multifaceted modulation options help to effortlessly create elaborate and evolving underscores. If you’re looking to inject some analog synth retro charm with a contemporary edge to your compositions, DRONAR Dark Synthesis is definitely a tool to have your eyes on." - Epicomposer.com Click here to read the review in full

Ian Boddy"Dark, scary and eerie the presets just cry out to be used on a whole range of material where you’re trying to creep out the audience.

There’s a huge amount of programming that has gone on under the hood here that gives the patches a wonderfully organic feel. But don’t stop at the pre-sets, make sure you have a MIDI controller assigned to the various sections on the front panel and you can really start to play this as an instrument modifying and changing the overall tone and depth of the sound to suit your own personal needs.

It doesn’t stop there though as the easy to navigate tabs open up huge possibilities for customising the patches to create your own unique drones and textures." - Ian Boddy, celebrated synthesist and sound designer

"With a huge library of ready to go sounds at your fingertips, Dark Synthesis offers a fast and very satisfying way of creating atmospheres and textures. It is straightforward and easy to use, yet it goes much deeper than at first appears. With its sound design tools you can further shape the sounds of the presets to your liking, or even create brand new atmospheres from scratch." - Rekkerd.org Click here to read the review in full

  • Kontakt Files
System Requirements
Windows MAC
  • Kontakt files for fully purchased Kontakt 5.6 or higher
  • Will not work in the free Kontakt Player
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.10 and above
  • Windows 7-10
  • Download size: 6.7GB (7 RAR files)
  • Install size: 7.25GB
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